cheapsk8

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  1. I won the Westin St. Louis (Downtown). There wasn't a strong winning bid history for this location, with just a few 4*+ wins starting at $50 going back several months to up to 2 years. I started by looking for a 4.5* in Forest Park for $40/nt, but then expanded my search to Downtown after 7 failed bid attempts. Here was my bid strategy: 1) Forest Park - Clayton, 4½-Star Deluxe-Plus, $40 2) Alton, $47 - NO 3) Collinsville, $54 - NO 4) Fenton, $61 - NO 5) Frontenac, $68 - NO 6) Granite City - Pontoon Beach, $75 - NO 7) Hazelwood, $82 - NO 8) Add Downtown St. Louis, $55 - NO 9) O' Fallon - St Charles West, $65 WON: The Westin Saint Louis, 4.5* for $65/nt, $82 after taxes. Under PRICELINE EXPRESS Deals, there was a 2.5* La Quinta with free wifi, breakfast, and parking for $65/nt in Westport. My location is better -- right across from Busch Stadium -- but I do like the amenities at the La Quinta better. Thanks!
  2. Third attempt . . .4* in Downtown - River North OR Downtown Chicago - Millennium Park: Bid # Price Added Zones/Ratings Result ----- -------- ---------------------------------- ---------- 1) $120 4* Downtown - River North or Millennium Park -> ACCEPTED Won the following hotel in Downtown Chicago - Millennium Park: Hyatt Regency Chicago 151 East Wacker Drive, Chicago , IL , United States Offer price:$120.00/night Number of rooms:1 room Number of nights:2 nights Room subtotal:$240.00 Taxes & fees:$53.74 Total charged today:$293.74
  3. It's been over 2 years since I was searching for Indy hotels. I have no idea what happened there. I didn't end up using a hotel, but may have been booking the trip for a friend, making a day trip or something else. Sorry!
  4. It's been over 2 years since I was searching for Indy hotels. I have no idea what happened there. I didn't end up travelling, but may have been booking the trip for a friend or something. Sorry!
  5. I wanted 1 rooms for 2 nights at 4* hotel in downtown Chicago (near the shopping areas) with a preference for North Michigan Ave area . . .here was my bidding strategy: Bid # Price Added Zones/Ratings Result ----- -------- ---------------------------------- ---------- 1) $80 4* Downtown - River North -> DENIED 2) $85 West Loop -> DENIED 3) $90 Oak Park -> DENIED 4) $95 Midway Airport Area (MDW) -> DENIED 5) $100 Midway Airport Area South (MDW) -> DENIED 6) $105 Mount Prospect -> DENIED 7) $110 Skokie - Evanston -> DENIED 8) $115 Lakeshore South - Hyde Park -> DENIED 9) $115 Downtown Chicago - Millennium Park -> DENIED
  6. I wanted 1 rooms for 2 nights at 4.5* hotel in downtown Chicago (near the shopping areas) with a preference for North Michigan Ave - River North . . .here was my bidding strategy: Bid # Price Added Zones/Ratings Result ----- -------- ---------------------------------- ---------- 1) $80 4.5* Downtown - River North -> DENIED 2) $85 O'Hare Airport (ORD) North -> DENIED 3) $90 Lincoln Park -> DENIED 4) $100 Midway Airport Area (MDW) -> DENIED 5) $105 Midway Airport Area South (MDW) -> DENIED 6) $110 Mount Prospect -> DENIED 7) $115 Skokie - Evanston -> DENIED 8) $120 Lakeshore South - Hyde Park -> DENIED
  7. I booked 3 rooms at $77/nt before taxes. I started bidding at $35 in $7 increments until I hit at $77/nt. Hotwire had a 3* at $109/nt in the same area. I had 12 re-bid zones, so I subtracted my top price of $112 from my base price of $35/nt (which was an estimate taken from the Priceline.Maps here at BB) and divided by 12. That helped me choose the $7 increment. The hotel lists like 100 amenities, so I'm not sure if that tactic for identifying hotels by amenities works anymore . . .if it does, LMK and I'll post them. Thanks!
  8. Looking for a 4* hotel room for Friday night in downtown Indianapolis. Here was my bidding strategy, and of course I used use the site's PRICELINE links to start my purchases and searches. Bid # Price Added Zone Result ----- ----- ----------------------------- ---------- 1) $56 Downtown -> DENIED 2) $61 Airport North -> DENIED 3) $66 Carmel -> DENIED 4) $71 Downtown West -> DENIED 5) $76 Fishers -> DENIED 6) $81 Indianapolis Airport (IND) -> DENIED 7) $86 Indianapolis East -> DENIED 8) $91 Indianapolis Northeast -> DENIED 9) $96 Indianapolis Northwest -> DENIED 10) $101 Indianapolis South -> DENIED 11) $106 Keystone - Castleton -> DENIED 12) $111 Speedway - Indianapolis West -> DENIED Unfortunately, I couldn't secure a win on Priceline even though another recent bidder got one for $90 on 8/2. Priceline's Express Deal only had one hotel available in Downtown Indy: a 2* for $308. Hotwire also has no availability in Downtown for my preferred date. Airbnb also has nothing below $500/nt. It appears GenCon, which is expecting nearly 50k attendees, is running during this time. Also, the Indiana state fair is wrapping up this weekend. Does anyone else have any ideas?! (PIck a different weekend!?)
  9. First bid was $45, bid in $5 increments and used 2 rebid zones. I got the Ocala Hilton for $55.
  10. I'm just staying overnight on my way from IAH Bush Airport to Bayport Cruise Terminal. Overnight date would be 3/21 to 3/22. Thanks!
  11. I need help deciding . . .I've booked the Hampton Inn IAH, but am considering the option of a 3.5* near IAH as well. My guess is that most 3.5* hotels (e.g., Marriott, Doubletree, Hyatt, Hilton, Sheraton, etc.) won't offer breakfast for free. They will probably have their own restaurants and charge for meals separately. I can probably Priceline a 3.5* for $50 before taxes. The Hampton, which is a 2.5*, goes for $75/nt. I'm just there for an overnight stay. Up to what star rating would include a respectable, free continental breakfast? Thanks!
  12. FWIW, I'm pretty sure I selected Madison West - Middleton and not Madison West. I went back and checked and didn't see a 3* offered in MW but did see a 3* in MW-M for $70. Hmm...
  13. I went back and read my post from 2011. Hotwire had what looked to be the HIlton Garden Inn available for $70, so I pulled the trigger. Here's what I got: Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites MADISON WEST, WI Midscale See ratings guide 1109 Fourier Drive, Madison, WI, 53717 Amenities: Free Parking Indoor pool(s) Airport Shuttle Smoke Free Rooms Fitness Center Pool(s) Restaurant(s) Laundry Facilities (self-service) High-Speed Internet Access Golf Nearby Tennis Nearby Accessible for the blind Accessible for the deaf Accessible path of travel In-room accessibility Accessible bathroom Handicapped parking Roll-in shower Hotel Rate per night: $70.00 Nights: 1 Rooms: 1 Tax recovery charges & fees: $16.48 Subtotal: $86.48 Trip total: $86.48
  14. Here I go again doing my annual trip to Madison. Priceline changed their hotel star levels from last year. Madison West - Middleton maxes out at 3*, whereas in the past it maxed out at 3.5*. I wanted the Marriott in Madison (west), which is Priceline's only 3* hotel on Madison's west side. Marriott wanted $102/night on their website. Here was my bidding strategy, and of course I used use the site's PRICELINE links to start my purchases and searches. Bid # Price Added Zones/Ratings Result ----- ----- ----------------------------- ---------- 1) $42 3* Madison West - Middleton -> DENIED 2) $50 Madison South -> DENIED 3) $58 Deforest - Northeast Madison -> DENIED Am now considering other options while I wait for Priceline's "cooling off period" to expire.
  15. While I was waiting on the Hotwire hotel ID, I tried bidding on Priceline in the Millenium/Loop/Grant Park area. Here was my bidding strategy: Bid # Price Added Zones/Ratings Result ----- ----- ------------------------------------------ ------------------------------------------------------- 1) $100 4* Millennium Park, Loop & Grant Park Area -> DENIED, but Priceline suggested bidding @ $136/night 2) $110 Franklin Park -> DENIED 3) $120 Hyde Park -> Accepted I booked The Fairmont Chicago 200 N Columbus Drive Chicago, IL 60601 Check-In: Thu, Jun 27, 2013 / After 03:00 PM Check-Out: Sun, Jun 30, 2013 / 12:00 PM Rooms: 2 rooms / 3 nights BB and AaronJB, thanks for being a great resource for smart bidding!